An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Criticism

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Critical reaction to "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" has been mixed. While it continues to be a popular and frequently anthologized story, it has not received much serious scholarly attention. Some critics have dismissed it for what they consider its contrived ending, blatant sentimentality, reliance on sensationalism, and trivilization of death. Others have criticized Bierce for deceiving and playing with his readers. More recent critics, however, have reexamined the story and have concluded that it has often been misunderstood and misinterpreted and that it is, in fact, complex and innovative. FJ. Logan wrote in American Literary Realism 1870-1910 that "the story has languished in anthologies, chiefly those used in secondary schools, perhaps because it has been so frequently offered as an action tale of extreme power written by an otherwise unfamiliar Civil War writer." He went on to say: "I am contending that 'Owl Creek Bridge' is...

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